Monday, September 30, 2013

Oh! The Dreams I Dream!

Oh the possibilities! 
I could see these done in felt or crochet!
Rick rack and ribbon!

My mind is whirring...

Owl:  Wouldn't they be delightful as amigurumis? My favorite is the owl looking upwards! The bobble bottom of the owl would look so cute worked in the round! You could put extra weight in the bottom to have the owl wiggle waggle back and forth like a punching bag. Rick rack, ribbon, and fabric could create the wings and feather features. And the eyes...the bigger the better!

Matroyshkas: I just love these dolls! I would love to try them in crochet, but felt would be lovely too. 
The flowers and the cupie doll lips! Love!

Hopefully I can get through my current WIP's so I can move on to these! I'm serious! 
You will see them here soon. Maybe with a pattern too.


~ S

Friday, September 6, 2013

The Color of Late Summer

This is SUCH a gorgeous pattern and this is UNBLOCKED!
I cannot wait for the finished product.

I found this pattern at Jimmy Beans Wool
A general knitter's go-to place to find all the bits and bobs you need to be a stellar knitter. 
You know, yarn, patterns, notions, fabric, etc.

The yarn used for the example in the pattern is a lovely 100% silk/mohair combo. 
You can tell by the picture on the website the drape is phenomenal! I wish!  0..o
Then there's real life and real budgets. 
For me, splurging on silk and mohair isn't in the stars. Especially after the back-to-school hit. Nope. 
Enter Goodwill.

Goodwill can be good to me at times. I found two really special balls of yarn. 
One I used to make the Mini Granny Cowl. 
Oooo it was super soft and very fun to crochet with. Someone had good taste. 
The second was the lovely yellow above. It's definitely not your average acrylic yarn. 
It's wool and it's "buttery" and it's "squishy" and it's lovely. 
What a find! 
Some people love the T-shirt find or the furniture find. 
I have learned to love the yarn find. 

I renamed the pattern Vincent's Apron because it's the name of the Tao Silk yarn used in the pattern. 
My yarn was so similar in color I couldn't resist. 
The name makes me think of Vincent Van Gogh and his most exquisite Sunflowers.

Courtesy of Wikipedia
 The colors are quite complimentary. 
Wouldn't Van Gogh have had some of this color on his painting apron?
Makes me wish my pictures were better...the color is just wonderful!

I'll be sure to capture Vincent's Apron when completed. Fully blocked. 
In all its glory.

PS ~ yes, those are double pointed needles with point protectors on the tips. 
I didn't have a Size 9 short needle for the 28 stitches and couldn't stand using my uber long ones. 
So, necessity being the mother of invention...
the DPN's work like a dream.

~ S

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A Little Something New

I was fiddling around with some yarn I had found at Goodwill. It was really lovely yarn. Wool, I think? 
You never know with those "lost sheep". :)

It was a nubby yarn, full of thick and thin places, which made for great texture. 
Following is the made-up pattern if you'd like a go. 
It's great for using up those Goodwill finds or remnants in your stash bin. 

Mini Granny Cowl

100-150ish yards of some kinda yarn
Alternate color of some kinda yarn
Size G hook
Yarn needle
...and cross your fingers you finish the last row. It's a leap of faith!  ;)

Chain 152.
Foundation Row: Sc in 2nd ch from hook, 1 sc into each ch across, turn. ~ 150 sc.
Row 1: Ch 3 (counts as 1 dc), 1 dc into same place, *skip 2 sc, 3 dc into next sc, repeat from * across, 2 dc in final sc, turn.
Row 2: Ch 3 (count as 1 dc), *3 dc into next sp between dc groups, repeat from * across, 1 dc in sp by ch 3 at end of row, turn.
Row 3-5: Repeat Row 2. Fasten off, leaving a 6 inch tail.

Sew both ends together. Be careful not to twist the cowl. 

With Alternate color, make a knot on your hook. Insert hook into the first sc on the top of your cowl (the last row you completed). Single crochet in that st and each st around the top. Fasten off, leaving a long tail.
Repeat with bottom of cowl. 
Weave in ends.